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Inside the Red Bull/KTM Race Shop

We got a peek inside Red Bull/KTM newly completed race shop last week, and you get to come along.

The new race shop was just finished earlier in the week. We dug the frosted glass windows at the entry.

Roger DeCoster's suitably proud of the new shop, though apparently he can be most often found in the machine shop elsewhere in the building.

Here's Ryan Dungey's 2013 race bike, along with the 2013 Red Bull/KTM livery. These graphics were the first run of the new look, and we hear that they'll use graphics that are in-molded to the plastic for the race season. If you peek back along the wall, you notice that there are four bays for race bikes (and two for practice bikes), but only three race bikes currently on the team. Roger also mentioned that they expect their race bike to be close to the AMA minimum for the 450 class.

Here's the engine assembly room. Near the back there are some past race engines, which are tagged with who used them, at which race, whether or not it has oil in it, and notes about any differences in race spec.

There are two dynos inside KTM's headquarters, both outfitted like this, with the cooling fans, exhaust ducts, and monitors and keyboards easily within reach of the person running them.

Here's the suspension shop. Forks and shocks are already being built for the race season, in addition to the ones already done for testing and practice.

All of KTM's factory race efforts are housed in their Murrieta CA headquarters...even the east coast efforts for GNCC.

Roger reintroduced all the members of the team. With a rider and lineup that's intact, this part was more of a recap. One area where there is expansion is in hospitality, and the Red Bull/KTM team (and a few others) will have more rigs on the road this year to handle that.

The KTM team also introduced their new 2013 450 SX-F Factory Edition. You can read more about it <a href="http://www.vitalmx.com/news/news/KTM-Announces-New-2013-450-SX-F-Factory-Edition,3822" target="_blank">here</a>. This one will be available in February. You can hear more about how they're bringing the replicas to market (and recreating how they do tradition model years) in the video below.


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